Former Rome mayor Alemanno gets six years in jail

Alemanno convicted of corruption and illegal financing.

Gianni Alemanno, the former right-wing mayor of Rome, was sentenced to six years in jail on 25 February after being found guilty of corruption and illegal financing, according to Italian news agency ANSA.

Alemanno's trial was an offshoot of the so-called Mafia Capitale investigation into a mafia-style syndicate accused of infiltrating city hall, involving politicians, public officials and business people who allegedly helped mobsters to win municipal contracts worth millions.

The trial dates to the period between 2012 and 2014 when the then mayor is alleged to have received €223,500 in illicit funds, funnelled into his Nuova Italia foundation by three of the highest-profile Mafia Capitale defendants: businessman Salvatore Buzzi, notorious underworld figure Massimo Carminati, and the former administrator of AMA, the Roman waste collection company, Franco Panzironi - all of whom are currently serving lengthy prison sentences.

Alemanno, who served as mayor of Rome from 2008 until 2013, maintains his innocence and says he will appeal the "mistaken" ruling.